CRITICAL GAPS IN CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY PRACTICES, SURVEILLANCE, AND LEGISLATION: GEORGIA, 2001

This study seeks to document child passenger restraint use and seating position among children aged 0 to 12 years in Georgia and to use these study results to evaluate the efficacy of Georgia's child restraint surveillance and legislation. The study uses information on child passenger age, restraint use and seating position that was obtained from police roadblocks in two months of 2001. Data were collected on 1,858 children who were riding in 1,221 vehicles in 24 different Georgia counties. Results showed that 56% of children were inappropriately restrained and/or in the front seat. The most problematic age groups included infants who were in forward-facing child safety seats (28%) and/or in the front seat (22%); children who were 5 to 8 years old in car seat belts (88%) alone rather than age- and size-appropriate child safety seats; and children who were 9 to 12 years of age and riding in the front seat (39%). These results were compared with the existing Georgia passenger restraint surveillance system. Findings of this comparison showed that it would have missed 77% of the children in the current study who were inappropriately restrained and/or riding in the front seat. In a similar comparison, Georgia's restraint law did not cover over 74% of the children in the current study who were riding at risk. These results highlight the need to improve child passenger safety through targeted interventions to promote booster seat use and riding in the back seat, expanded legislation to mandate booster seat use and back seating position and expanded child passenger restraint and seating position surveillance.

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    American Academy of Pediatrics

    141 Northwest Point Boulevard, P.O. Box 927
    Elk Grove, IL  United States  60009-0937
  • Authors:
    • Staunton, C
    • Davidson, S
    • Kegler, S
    • Dawson, L
    • Powell, K
    • Dellinger, A
  • Publication Date: 2005-2

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 372-379
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00989075
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 12 2005 12:00AM